—adj. 1. having wealth or great possessions; abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds; wealthy: a rich man; a rich nation. 2. abounding in natural resources: a rich territory. 3. having wealth or valuable resources (usually fol. by in): a country rich in traditions. 4. abounding (usually fol. by in or with): a countryside rich in beauty; a design rich with colors. 5. of great value or worth; valuable: a rich harvest. 6. (of food) delectably and perhaps unhealthfully spicy, or sweet and abounding in butter or cream: a rich gravy; a rich pastry. 7. costly, expensively elegant, or fine, as dress or jewels.
8. sumptuous; elaborately abundant: a rich feast. 9. using valuable materials or characterized by elaborate workmanship, as buildings or furniture.
10. abounding in desirable elements or qualities: a man rich in kindness. 11. (of wine) strong and finely flavored.
12. (of color) deep, strong, or vivid: rich purple. 13. full and mellow in tone: rich sounds; a rich voice. 14. strongly fragrant; pungent: a rich odor. 15. producing or yielding abundantly: a rich soil. 16. abundant, plentiful, or ample: a rich supply. 17. Auto.(of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean).
18. Informal. a. highly amusing.
b. ridiculous; absurd.
—n. (used with a pl. v.) rich persons collectively (usually prec. by the): new tax shelters for the rich.
Pronunciation: (rich),[key] —n. 1. Adrienne, born 1929, U.S. poet and feminist.
2. a male given name, form of Richard.